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Classic Political Films for This Historic Presidential Campaign

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

A surreal reality-TV host emerging as the GOP's front-runner, a democratic socialist making serious impact in an America traditionally allergic to the...

getTV Premieres Rare Cary Grant film

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.04.2016 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

If you're not familiar with the 1937 film When You're in Love, you are not alone. These days, it's little known. It's one of those "old movies" few p...

Democratic Ideals Versus Realpolitik, a Populist Struggle for All Times

Matt Jordan | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Jordan

That the establishment would fight back against an insurgent populist is no surprise. Indeed, many progressives are reading this as a good thing, a sign that their candidate is authentic. Crowds at Sanders' events continue to grow and Monday in Iowa, despite an unprecedented cold shoulder from the party leadership, he beat expectations.

Did the FBI Believe That It's a Wonderful Life Was Communist Propaganda?

Brian Cronin | Posted 12.22.2015 | Entertainment
Brian Cronin

Nowadays (and for quite some time now), Frank Capra's 1946 film, It's a Wonderful Life, starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, is viewed as a film classic and more specifically, a Christmas classic, shown on television every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

A Not So Wonderful Life Anymore

Perry Block | Posted 12.11.2015 | Comedy
Perry Block

Frankly you've seen this damn movie enough. Young or old, rich or poor, Jew or gentile, you've already spent enough time in Bedford Falls to qualify for residency status and a special parking permit in front of Mr. Potter's office.

Conductor Justin Freer on 'It's a Wonderful Life' - This Week with San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.09.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

On Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12, Justin Freer will conduct the San Francisco Symphony in screenings of the Christmas film classic from 1946...

All's Not Fair in Love and War

George Heymont | Posted 09.20.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

Now that 70 years have passed since the end of World War II, it's interesting to look at it from new perspectives. Although I doubt there was any collaboration between the two San Francisco summer festivals that did so, the results were fascinating.

Celebrate Claudette Colbert's Birthday With Our Favorite Lines from 'It Happened One Night'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

A quick-witted Colbert, who starred in more than 60 movies and many Broadway plays, held her own opposite Clark Gable, Maurice Chevalier, Gary Cooper, Joseph Cotten, Melvyn Douglas, Henry Fonda, Fredric March, Ray Milland, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Orson Welles, Rex Harrison and other leading men.

Ant-Man Director Peyton Reed Recalls Working With Disney Legend Dean Jones

Jim Hill | Posted 09.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

20 year ago, Peyton wasn't who Studios hired to helm their effects-filled franchise films. He was the guy you hired to create the Special Features that then got tacked on to the VHS version of these sorts of movies.

Mad Men: Horizons Lost and Not Yet Found

William Bradley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

With just two episodes left after this one in the life of the series, most of the characters seem set in their trajectories, save for one. You can guess who that is.

Mad Men: What's in a Name? Or, Don Draper Looks to the Horizon

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Now, with only three episodes left in the series, Don is free to explore in next week's antepenultimate episode, "Lost Horizon," his own private paradise free of the shallowness and hypocrisy from which he's been becoming alienated. (

It's a Wonderful Life, Comrade

Michael Winship | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Hollywood Christmas classic was once accused of hiding a subversive Communist message. A number of years ago, I was telling a longtime city dweller friend of mine yet another story about the small, upstate New York town in which I grew up.

Adventures in Brudderland: Conor Byrne's Foureyes and the New Nostalgia

Jaime Lubin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Hanging out with Conor Byrne is like visiting Movie Nerd Disneyland, and you'd better have your adventure cap on.

Missing My Irish Grandmother

Abra Deering Norton | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Abra Deering Norton

My grandmother was born around 1912. She came of age before and during the Great Depression and despite being from a modest background, she (and most of my family tree) were all educated women who spoke multiple languages and played the piano.

If George Bailey Was The 'Wolf Of Wall Street'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 12.31.2013 | Comedy

Everyone thinks of "It's a Wonderful Life" as a Christmas movie, but it's easy to forget that only the last half hour or so of the movie takes place a...

The Way We Are: A Conversation with Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Chatting with Artifact's Jared Leto, and an Angels Sing Exclusive

Mike Ragogna | Posted 02.22.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

When did Alan and Marilyn Bergman become such an establishment in the world of music? Find out here.

The Bitter Tea of General Yen Inaugurates Stanwyck Retrospective at Film Forum

Francis Levy | Posted 02.08.2014 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Is all romance a Shavian phenomenon? It's interesting that Shaw never consummated his marriage since he seems to know so much about the mysterious com...

Rare 'It's A Wonderful Life' Photos Will Make Your Day

Posted 11.20.2013 | Entertainment

One day after it was revealed that plans are in motion for a sequel to "It's A Wonderful Life," LIFE Magazine has revealed 13 rare behind-the-scenes p...

Filibuster Reform Goes to Washington

Matt Jordan | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics
Matt Jordan

For as Jeff Smith says at the emotional height of his epic filibuster, "it's not too late, because this country is bigger than the Taylors, or you, or me, or anything else. Great principles don't get lost once they come to light. They're right here; you just have to see them again!" Let's hope the Senate does.

A Wonderful Life? Finding Capra in Today's Christmas

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.23.2013 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

It's Christmas Eve. And for most of us, thank goodness, it's almost over. We've been too preoccupied with a lot of "holiday" crap to enjoy a real joyous sense of a true Christmas.

The Three Best Christmas Movies

John Farr | Posted 04.04.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Christmas movies are a genre unto themselves: between live-action and animated features, there are literally hundreds of titles out there. Inevitably, some are pretty bad, others amusingly cheesy.

Movie Review: This Is 40

Marshall Fine | Posted 02.20.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Foul-mouthed without being particularly funny, involved without being compelling, Judd Apatow's This Is 40 wants to be deeper than it really is. Which is an Apatowian trademark.

Karolyn Grimes, Zuzu Bailey, Still Thinks It's a Wonderful Life

Steve Karras | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Steve Karras

Nothing completes the holiday experience more than an extra serving of Frank Capra's yule-tide yarn, It's A Wonderful Life. But for Karolyn Grimes, who played little Zuzu Bailey, it has become a wonderful full-time job.

First Nighter: At the Theater, 'Tis the Season to Be Discerning

David Finkle | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

There are sentimentalists out therehappy to spend much of the Christmas season looking for It's a Wonderful Life screenings. For them, Anthony E. Palermo has adapted the beloved screenplay as a one-hour radio play.

PHOTOS: Can You Have A Wonderful Life In This Home?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.13.2012 | Los Angeles

Pour some egg nog, light the fireplace and watch "It's A Wonderful Life" for the millionth time. Maybe even watch it from the one-time home of the fi...